Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself, that I am growing
older, and will some day be old.
Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking
I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from craving to try to straighten out everybody's
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details, give me wings to get to the point.
I ask for
grace enough, to listen to the tales of other pains. Help me to endure them with patience.
But seal my lips on my own
aches and pains, they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. Teach me the glorious
lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken.
Keep me resonably sweet; I do want to be a saint, but
I have a long way to go.